Sharon Mackay

Sharon is a designer with 25 years practice in Australia and North America. She owns and co curates a creative space in Kent Town, South Australia, that houses speciality coffee, a gallery and multiple creative businesses under the same roof.

Her experience spans across the public sector and private practice, most recently as a strategic designer and festival curator within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) of the South Australian Government, applying design thinking to policy reform in the areas of democracy, public participation and strategic engagement. 

She was previously the Design Director for the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA) and Strategy Leader for 5000+, An Integrated Design Strategy for Inner Adelaide, a national pilot project for integrated urban renewal. Prior to that, Sharon was a Senior Associate at design practice, HASSELL, where many of her projects received local, national and international recognition.

Presenting at UX Australia 2017:
Opening keynote